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The Condroz is a narrow region in Wallonia, Belgium, where it forms the transition between the Ardennes and the lower lying regions that make up the rest of the country. As a region of rocky hills and deep river valleys (of the Meuse and Ourthe), the Condroz is just as spectacular as the Ardennes themselves, if not more so. The region spans parts of the provinces of Liège and Namur, and lies to the south of the Meuse, roughly between the two provincial capitals. The sparse region of the Hesbaye lies to the north of the Condroz.

The Ourthe Valley seen from the Roche-aux-Faucons near Esneux, Province of Liège


Province of Liège

  • Huy (pop: 21,205) - An old town on the banks of the Meuse in the west of the province that boasts an impressive citadel.

Province of Namur

  • Namur (Dutch: Namen) — The political capital of Wallonia, Namur is a classy town of around a 100.000 inhabitants, that boasts a tidy, well preserved old center and an impressive citadel at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers. Similarly to Liège, Namur has a a dramatic setting and impressive natural scenery in its immediate surroundings.
  • Dinant — A small town with a cathedral and citadel in a stunning natural setting on the Meuse river, Dinant is a popular spot for adventure sports such as canoeing and rock-climbing, that is best visited in winter. Dinant is known for being the place where Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone.
  • Ciney
The Meuse in Huy
The Meuse in Dinant
The Sambre and Namur seem from the citadel

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Get in and around[edit]

By train[edit]

Regional trains on the following lines stop in the Condroz on the way into the Ardennes, and provide a pleasant scenic routes through the region:

  • Liège - Huy - Namur (though the Meuse valley)
  • Namur - Dinant (though the Meuse valley)
  • Liège - Rivage - Marloie (through the Ourthe valley)
  • Namur - Ciney - Marloie

By bus[edit]

There are buses to smaller places in the region from Liège, Andenne, Huy, Namur and Dinant.

By bike and on foot[edit]

There are Ravel foot and cycle paths throughout the region, and the ones following the valleys of the Ourthe (Liège-Esneux-Hamoir) and Meuse (Andenne-Huy-Namur-Dinant) can be highly recommended!

By car[edit]

Having a car is the only way to be fully mobile in the Condroz.

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Stay safe[edit]

Pay attention when driving on the route du Condroz between Liège and Marche-en-Famenne (N63), as it is the road with the highest mortality rate in Belgium, and certainly don't try cycling on this road!

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